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Quade Green (Jon Lopez/Nike)
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Top PG prospect Quade Green down to nine schools

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Quade Green announced late on Friday night that he had trimmed his list to nine schools.

The players still left in contention: Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Louisville, Arizona, Villanova, Xavier and Temple.

Green is a top 20 player in the class and, along with Trae Young, considered the best point guard that isn’t expected to end up at a Under Armour-affiliated program (ahem, Trevon Duval). As I wrote over the summer, the point guard position is the most interesting in the Class of 2017, as Duval is the only one-and-done prospect on the board but he isn’t considering the two or three schools generally associated with amassing one-and-done players.

In other words, it is going to be very interesting to see which point guard commits first and where he ends up going.

Travis Ford lands major recruit at Saint Louis

NORMAN, OK - FEBRUARY 24: Head coach Travis Ford of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts as the Oklahoma Sooners pull ahead during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game at the Lloyd Noble Center on February 24, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Travis Ford landed his first major commitment at Saint Louis, as Jordan Goodwin, a top 60 back court prospect, committed to the Billikens on Friday afternoon.

This commitment came a week after Ford hired Corey Tate away from Missouri. Tate was formerly a coach in the same AAU program that Goodwin played for.

“He’s a monster,” said NBC Sports recruiting analyst Scott Phillips. “One of the toughest players in the class who has been favorably compared to Marcus Smart.”

Goodwin picked the Billikens over Illinois, who many believed had the inside track in his recruiting process.

VIDEO: Dayton’s Josh Cunningham with a vicious poster in Spain

Dayton head coach Archie Miller reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton won, 76-74. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)
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Dayton fans are right to be excited about forward Josh Cunningham, a former top 100 recruit that transferred into the program from Bradley.

In a game on their foreign tour of Spain, Cunningham finished with an estimated 19 points and 12 boards in about 22 minutes. I say estimated because there were some issues with the computer scorebook in the first half.

At least that’s the official story.

If you talk to those around the Dayton program, the conspiracy theory is that Cunningham broke the computer system with this dunk:

Austin Nichols, Kyle Guy shine for Virginia in Spain

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think that Austin Nichols is going to have a mammoth season for Virginia, and through Virginia’s first two games of a foreign tour in Spain, that prediction looks prescient.

Nichols is averaging 15.5 points in the two wins, leading the ‘Hoos in scoring. He’s a perfect fit for what Tony Bennett wants out of his big men. He’s a shot blocker and a good positional defender that can score in the post and will help on the glass. He’s also had a year to acclimate to Virginia’s defensive system and he’ll enter this season as a redshirt junior.

He’s going to be a monster, and he’ll be a major reason why Virginia is going to once against compete for an ACC title.

Also of note from Virginia’s first two games:

  • McDonald’s All-American freshman Kyle Guy had 17 points in the second game. I’ve thought Guy’s transition to the college level will be slower than some anticipated, but if he’s already scoring 17 points in exhibitions with this group, maybe he’ll have a bigger impact that expected.
  • When Ty Jerome committed to UVa, many thought he had a shot to be the next London Perrantes for Tony Bennett. If the first game of the tour, Jerome hit two threes in the final minutes to give the ‘Hoos a 78-76 win. That sounds exactly like something London would do.

Syracuse to honor Pearl Washington against Georgetown

FILE - In this March 10, 1984, file photo, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, and Syracuse player Dwayne Washington (31) watch as Georgetown University took control in overtime of the Big East Conference championship basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, current and former players, and others associated with the program continue to rally in support of former Orange star Dwayne Pearl Washington, who’s afflicted with brain cancer.  (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)
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Syracuse announced this week that they will be honoring Big East legend Pearl Washington when they reignite one of the Big East’s legendary rivalries with Georgetown on Dec. 17th.

Washington passed away in April following a long battle with a brain tumor. One of the Big East’s original ‘Point Gods’, Pearl was a legend in his hometown of New York City before helping usher Syracuse into an era of relevance in the Big East.

The tribute will manifest in a number of ways, but perhaps the most relevant: A ’31’, Pearl’s number, will be put on the floor approximately where he hit his most famous shot from:

 

2016 Elite 24 rosters announced

Trevon Duval (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
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The rosters for the Elite 24 all-star game in Brooklyn have been announced, and there are some pretty big names on the list.

But the rosters are missing some of the biggest names in high school hoops — DeAndre Ayton, Michael Porter Jr., Wendell Carter, Mo Bamba, Marvin Bagley III — because Elite 24 is an event that is sponsored by Under Armour.

The five players I just mentioned? They’re Nike kids.

And Nike, once again, is set to host a showcase game for the best players from the EYBL, the grassroots league they sponsor, in the Bahamas at the same time. Last year, Harry Giles III, Jayson Tatum, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox were the biggest names in a 12-man roster that headed to the islands for what was essentially a “paid-for vacation,” according to Nick Blatchford, the director of grassroots and college basketball for UA.

Anyway, here’s the roster for Elite 24, which is headlined by top ten prospects Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox, Billy Preston, Hamidou Diallo and Zion Williamson.

TEAM DRIVE

  • Brandon McCoy
  • Hamidou Diallo
  • Ja’Vonte Smart
  • Jaylen Hoard
  • Khavon Moore
  • Louis King
  • Moses Brown
  • Naz Reid
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  • Silvio De Souza
  • Trevon Duval
  • Zion Williamson

TEAM CLUTCH

  • Austin Wiley
  • Billy Preston
  • Bol Bol
  • Devon Dotson
  • Gerald Liddell
  • Jahvon Quinerly
  • Jalek Felton
  • Josh Anderson
  • Kevin Knox
  • M.J. Walker
  • Nick Richards
  • Sid Wilson